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Nolan: Mandate vote about fixing Obamacare, not political cover

Rep. Rick Nolan

“The tax on the individual mandate, either buy health insurance or you pay the tax, frankly, it’s not fair,” Speaker John Boehner said on Wednesday. “And the president’s outlined and protected big businesses from problems with Obamacare and mandates in Obamacare. It’s time to provide the same kind of relief for American families.”

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  1. Submitted by Richard Pecar on 03/10/2014 - 10:55 am.

    Rep. Nolan made the right vote.

    Rep. Nolan did the right thing, he voted to create parity, in one small regard, between the people and the business community. It is a good vote in my opinion.

    In general, “tweaking” the ACA should come as no surprise; in the year following its passage, I heard over and over that changes would occur. So now that it is happening and some people act surprised, mostly the repub’s. As usually, it is all theatre…the repub’s offer no solutions…yawn…

    The only aspect of the ACA that irks me is the so-called “public option” was dropped by Rep. Pelosi and Sen. Reid. These folks cowered to the insurance companies, who in case you haven’t noticed, are continuing to loot the masses…offering less and charging more.

    Bean counters make most health decisions nowadays, not licensed physicians. That’s my experience. It will get worse until there is a “public option”, that is my prediction.

  2. Submitted by Todd Hintz on 03/10/2014 - 04:24 pm.


    I’m sorry to disagree with you, Richard, but in my opinion a public option is a non-starter. The reason being is it keeps the current system largely intact without creating a large enough pool to bring down the average premium. It would be best to insure the entire population under one plan that covers basic service and get the biggest bang for your negotiating buck. If people want a higher level of service, that’s where the private insurance companies can step in and make a little green. They won’t be the big conglomerates we see today, but I’m perfectly fine with that.

    The next iteration of health care after ACA has to be full-on universal single payer or we’re just kicking the can down the road.

  3. Submitted by Eric Rivera on 03/10/2014 - 07:22 pm.

    Where is the Plan?

    Why are the extensions coincident with the re-election cycles? Wouldn’t deadline extensions represent items requiring repair directly tied to legislation within the current term of the sponsor of that legislation? I thought there was an urgency to help the uninsured, the canceled, and the run-away expense? Not so important anymore? Show some accountability and responsibility to fix it by leading the effort to rework the law in a bipartisan way with actual identification of problems and solutions and honest cost projections and the taxes that will be added month by month as this monstrosity hits the retail market. So far where has the GOP been wrong about any of this? Where is the evidence that any of this will ever work, much less a single-payer system where a foreign national can arrive by plane and check themselves into a hospital at effectively no cost as well as any person belatedly insured? And every detail of our lives is now under legally sanctioned scrutiny if it can be linked to forcing us to be “healthier” to “reduce” healthcare costs. Additionally, the IRS, can debit as it pleases from your checking account, now the bill collectors to guaranteed premiums of insurance companies that will continue making greater profits. Try to work that refund out. What I can’t understand is why doesn’t anyone in the Democratic arena see that healthcare insurance is not the central issue in healthcare. It is service providers and the technology applied that determine real costs and reduces costs and offers the greatest return on investment. Why not prove the Obamacare idea by expanding the VA Hospital system and opening its services to the public testing, every concept of the ACA. If it is a better way, either everyone will join the VA or competition will change accordingly to match the higher quality and lower costs that everyone is so sure will result with these new ridiculous “better” government plans and their obscene deductibles and loopholes. We should have committed a billion dollars to an X Prize instead to provide the highest healthcare for the lowest costs under a new provider model that could serve us a thousand times better than the Democrats nodding in their wisdom professing the extensions have nothing at all to do with their re-elections.

    • Submitted by Dan Hintz on 03/11/2014 - 08:07 am.

      Oh dear

      The Republicans are now up to 50 hopeless votes to repeal the ACA. Any credibility your comment might have had was lost when you suggested bipartisan fixes to the law. Seriously, just stop.

      While you are at it, you might try to actually try to understand the ACA instead of regurgitating Fox News false talking points. If you want to see where it might work, just look to Canada or France or any number of western countries that have lower healthcare costs and similar or better health outcomes. Again, though, the key is actually looking at those systems, and not the right-wing media distortions.

      • Submitted by Eric Rivera on 03/11/2014 - 08:49 pm.

        No successful legislation has had less than 50 votes???

        FOX News, Tea Party, Republican, thank you for the alienation. The health system of Japan is better than either Canada or France, but that isn’t the ACA either. Single Payer as the professed next step after the ACA would be very different than these systems after the ACA has done its damage. Insurance companies, not hospitals, or physicians, or customers are determining costs for “minimum coverage” under the excuse that it is less expensive if everyone bought the same policy irrespective of personal circumstances. A solution that perfectly fits into the corporate lobbyist funding model that makes our system of re-electing compromised people hum along for corporate profits unlimited. But that isn’t the least expensive way or the most effective way to provide care for people. The solution begins with non-profit insurers, hospitals and drug company divisions. That is why this could all begin with an expanded VA Hospital system designed to cover the problem of the uninsured and those seeking more affordable options, if it even would be once they tried it. We need to build up community healthcare where early diagnosis with modern technology could reduce the damage of diseases going undiagnosed reducing costs for specialists and expensive tests. We need to focus on driving more graduates into the health field. What does Lasik cost? If Medicare controlled it too, it would still be in the thousands per eye or $59 as they decreed it, testing physicians to refuse medicare altogether. But, since the Democrats did ACA, it is better than anything else anyone could think of and only needs to be accepted as is with a couple of fixes and extensions all after re-election campaigns.

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